Special Education, MA with LBS1 Endorsement
Offered in: Chicago
The MA program in Special Education is intended for students who wish to develop a rich and broad understanding of how to instruct diverse learners with special needs.
Roosevelt's program in special education is a K through age 22 program leading to an Illinois teaching license with an LBS1 endorsement. Completing the program qualifies graduates to teach children with all areas of special education needs, except sensory impairments and communication disorders. The LBS1 endorsement scope includes the former categories of specific learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbances, other health impairments, traumatic brain injury, Autism Spectrum Disorder, orthopedic impairments, and multiple disabilities.
With careful planning, students can add one or more of the following endorsements to their teaching license: Elementary Education, Bilingual/ESL, Early Childhood Special Education approval, Middle School, and Reading Teacher endorsements.
Admission to the program requires a BA degree in any academic area with a grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, at least 120 credit hours of undergraduate courses from an accredited college or university.
At the time of admission, an advisor reviews transcripts and evaluates all course work completed at other colleges or universities. Advising plans are developed and any deficiencies related to licensure requirements are noted. If additional course work is needed, the student's advisor will indicate the course work needed on an advising plan. Students must confer with their assigned advisors before enrolling in the program and during each advising period to ensure that all requirements are being successfully completed.
Students must maintain an overall GPA of at least a 3.0 while enrolled in the education program. Should a student fall below a 3.0 GPA, the College of Education program faculty will review the students eligibility to continue moving forward in the licensure program.
One semester prior to their student teaching, students must submit proof of passing the appropriate Special Education General Curriculum and LBS1 content exams that meet the state's criterion.
Student Teaching must be passed with a minimum C or higher.
|SPED 400||CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION, & ASSESSMENT||3|
|SPED 401||FOUNDATIONS & COMMUNITY||3|
|SPED 402||CHILD DEVELOPMENT, LEARNING, AND MOTIVATION||3|
|SPED 403||IND. COACH & FIELD EXP I||1|
|SPED 419||EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN & YOUTH||3|
|READ 420||TEACHING LITERACY IN K-8 EDUCATION||3|
|SPED 441||METHODS OF TEACHING MATH IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL||3|
|SPED 428||FIELD EXPERIENCE II||1|
|SPED 440||ASSESSMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION||3|
|SPED 442||CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON COGNITION||4|
|SPED 443||CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON BEHAVIOR||4|
|SPED 445||CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON PHYSICAL HEALTH||4|
|SPED 446||CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON LEARNING||4|
|SPED 448||IND COACH & FIELD EXP 3||1|
|SPED 450||TECHNOLOGY FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION||3|
|SPED 466||STUD TEACH:SPED||4|
|Additional Course Required for the MA only|
|SPED 480||INQUIRY IN THE CLASSROOM||3|
|Total Credit Hours||50|
Field experience &student teaching
Pedagogical and real-world training is at the center of graduate degree coursework. Consequently, all graduates are required to enroll in one credit hour "Individualized Coaching and Field Experiences" courses in each of three semesters prior to their student teaching. Each field experience course requires 50 hours in a classroom setting.
In their Individualized Coaching courses, students will complete the field experiences needed to develop professional knowledge, skills and dispositions in alignment with Roosevelt's social justice mission. As students progress from one Individualized Coaching course to another, they will take on tasks and responsibilities that are increasingly complex and challenging. These experiences will prepare students for success in the student teaching experiences that culminate the major and facilitate the awarding of an Illinois Professional Educator License.
Placement in student teaching sites is planned with consideration of professional standards and partnership schools. Primary and secondary internship and students teaching placements are open only to students who have successfully completed the appropriate general education and professional education courses, content tests, and other College of Education student teaching requirements.. Placements in sites with diverse student populations are required. Students must submit a formal application two semesters prior to the semester in which they plan to do their student teaching. Applicants are expected to be in good academic standing and must provide evidence of competency with regard to professional dispositions, including passage of a criminal background check. Students should consult regularly with their advisor about the specific requirements for licensure and student teaching in Illinois.
Students who complete the Special Education program earn a State of Illinois Professional Education License with an Special Education endorsement. With careful planning, students can add one or more of the following endorsements to their teaching license: Elementary Education, Bilingual/ESL, Early Childhood Special Education approval, Middle School, and Reading Teacher.
In order to qualify for Roosevelt University’s recommendation for the Illinois teaching license in Special Education, students must meet all general education requirements that are in effect at the time of their application.
Students must consult with their education advisor to determine which general education courses are acceptable toward fulfillment of licensure requirements. Because requirements for licensure, graduation, and continuing enrollment are subject to change, graduates must consult frequently with their education advisors. The advising plan developed at program admission provides the most up-to-date and authoritative information with respect to all program and licensure requirements.
Students, one semester prior to their student teaching must submit proof of passing the Special Education General Curriculum and LBS1 content exam that meets the state's criterion and have a minimum 3.0 GPA in all graduate courses. All courses must be passed with grades of C or higher and a minimum C or higher in Student Teaching. Please contact the College of Education for more information regarding the Elementary Education content exam criteria.
Before issuing a license, the Illinois State Board of Education also requires satisfactory scores on the Educator Teacher Performance Assessment Portfolio (edTPA).
|Fall||Credit Hours||Spring||Credit Hours||Summer||Credit Hours|
|EDUC 402||3||SPED 428||1||SPED 419||3|
|SPED 400||3||READ 420||3|
|SPED 401||3||SPED 443||4|
|SPED 403||1||SPED 445||4|
|SPED 442||4||SPED 441||3|
|Fall||Credit Hours||Spring||Credit Hours|
|SPED 448||1||SPED 461||2|
|SPED 446||4||SPED 466||6|
|SPED 450||3||EDUC 480||3|
|SPED 440||3||EDUC 003||0|
|Total Credit Hours 54|